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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 23, 2011 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Murray/GD members

Glad you found the subject to be of some interest.It is a shame that there is so little music with wind players existing in the GD catalog. It would be an interesting way to spend a few hours,doing some comparative listening to the various Dark Stars with horn accompaniment.Off the top of my head I know my favorite is the 69' version with Charles Lloyd,that and 6-7-69 being my 2 favorite pre-72' versions.I lean towards the 69' version because even though it was early in their development I find the 69' era band to be far superior to anything after 78' and that is being kind,thus it puts Murray and Marsalis at a disadvantage for they are playing with a lesser entity making it harder to create special music.Branford while being a really nice person and a quality musician has no business being mentioned in the same breath as David Murray when it comes to ability on the saxophone,Murray is unequivocally one of the finest players ever,amongst the greats such as Ben Webster,Paul Gonsalves,Lester Young,Coltrane,Rashaan Roland Kirk,Roscoe Mitchell,Evan Parker and Anthony Braxton to name a few of the upper echelon cats.I have a love a deep respect for all the players I mentioned,but for my money based simply on his ability to consistently move me and blow my mind Mr. Murray gets my vote as best ever,his tone,timbre and feel are as powerful a musical force as I have ever witnessed,having see him perform about 500 times since the early 80's I have ample experiences to draw on.
What I am getting at is that you really to evaluate each performance on their own merits,as there is no fair way to make a comparison.

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Poster: roughyed Date: Jul 25, 2011 3:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Murray/GD members

Great posts and links. I know I've mentioned this before but have you heard David Murray Quartet + 1 - "Fast Life"? The + 1 is Branford on a couple of tracks.
We seem to have a jazz following on the forum, sort of avant-garde/knitting factory. So I'll throw in a name which hasn't been mentioned who I think is up there with Murray - James Carter.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 25, 2011 8:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Murray/GD members

It's been a long while since I've heard that record,I believe it is one of his more straight ahead quartet efforts,I enjoy his more out style projects,I remember being unimpressed with Branford's tracks,not that they were bad just sort of dull.
Concerning James Carter,he is the best young player to come along since David Murray.I have been lucky enough to see him on a few occasions just blow the roof off a few places.He is now a full time member of the prestigious World Saxophone Quartet with David,Oliver Lake and Hamiet Bluiett.He has also carved out a fine career for himself ,having released numerous and varied recordings with a who's who of jazz musicians.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 23, 2011 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Murray/GD members

In response to your comments on Murray's take on the GD catalog I have to say I thought he could have done a better job in execution and song selection.The record itself is nice,but knowing his capabilities in my mind it falls short of his best effort.I saw 10-15 performances of the material after the record release and found the live performances to have more body and a seemingly better understanding of the music by the band and David himself.If memory serves me Butch Morris had a hand in the making of the record. You picked up on the melodic aspect of his ensemble,I think with his big band he hits on some of the qualities you mentioned in what you were looking for in a free improvising jazz unit,it is a very dynamic unit with strong solo and group interplay,changing tempos and moods.